The following was written by Executive Director Paul Hastings and published by The Japan Times on July 21, 2021.
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This spring, the Service Learning Center at ICU and JICUF launched a new program called the Common Good Grant (CGG). Learn more about the program and its goal of strengthening ties between ICU and the local community.
JICUF launched an official Instagram page in January. We introduce student photographer Ryota Nakanishi, who will contribute photos of the ICU campus every Thursday.
Last fall, ICU graduate student Philip Reed, majoring in Japanese Culture Studies within the Comparative Culture department, was awarded a grant from the JICUF Student Activities Fund to conduct fieldwork at Mt. Kōya.
JICUF Grantee Highlight: Naho Yoshikawa – Public vs Private: Social-Emotional Learning of Students in Rural Kenya
This spring, third year Education and International Relations student Naho Yoshikawa was awarded ¥316,523 via the JICUF Student Travel Fund. Her proposal was to research the relationship between students’ self-concept and learning environments in Oloitokitoki village, Kenya, using psychological and pedagogical observation methods this July.
Luke Wilson and Nicolas Correa are the second cohort of recipients of JICUF’s United States Scholars Initiative (USSI) scholarship. USSI aims to increase the number of degree-seeking undergraduate students from the United States at ICU. This merit-based scholarship provides full-tuition support for four years of undergraduate study at ICU.
We sat down with Luke and Nico and asked them about their experiences at ICU so far.
In July, JICUF welcomed twelve ICU undergraduate students for our Global Link summer program. During the four weeks, from July 5th to 26th, the students participated in office visits, professional roundtables, networking events, volunteer activities and professional skills workshops in New York City and Washington, D.C. The activities, collaboratively scheduled by JICUF and the wide network of ICU alumni and friends, aimed to inspire the students as they contemplate their future career paths.
In fall 2018, third-year ICU student Hotaka Omata (second-year at the time) received a JICUF grant of ¥424,000 for his project to build housing in Nepal. Hotaka and seven other ICU members of the FIWC (Friendship International Work Camp), an inter-collegiate volunteer group, traveled to Ramche village, Nepal, which has yet to fully recover from the devastating April 2015 earthquake. JICUF interviewed three ICU students who took part in the trip.
Long serving JICUF trustees Delores Roeder and Samuel Shepherd officially retired from the board of trustees on March 31, 2019. New trustees Machi Fukuyama Dilworth and Katherine Tegtmeyer Pak joined the board on April 1.